Site Projects
33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 3127864 x
Fax 203-7771615
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A wheat paste mural by internationally-recognized artist SWOON, located on Chapel Street at the Chapel Lofts Building in New Haven

Site Projects seeks to ignite, enhance, and transform the culture of New Haven through the power of public art. We commission site specific artwork of outstanding caliber in New Haven’s public spaces—all free, open, and physically accessible. These artworks engage a broad, diverse audience; inspire critical dialogue and creative responses; and present learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Site Projects is a private, nonprofit organization established in 2004. To date, we have commissioned ten artists/artist-teams and presented twelve works, including our inaugural piece "Chasing Rainbows/New Haven" by Leo Villareal (2004); "Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven" by Yvette Mattern (2013); "Catalyze + Celebrate: Commissions + Conversations" (2014), an ambitious series of events, including the commission of three murals by the artist Swoon; and, our longest running exhibition to date, Felice Varini’s now iconic "Square with four circles." On view since 2010 in downtown New Haven, this 110 foot tall anamorphic wall mural work is Varini’s only large-scale outdoor public artwork in the United States.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Site Projects Inc
Site Projects
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Board Chair Mr. William Hil Barnett
Board Chair Company Affiliation attorney
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $133,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00

Site Projects seeks to ignite, enhance, and transform the culture of New Haven through the power of public art. We commission site specific artwork of outstanding caliber in New Haven’s public spaces—all free, open, and physically accessible. These artworks engage a broad, diverse audience; inspire critical dialogue and creative responses; and present learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Site Projects is a private, nonprofit organization established in 2004. To date, we have commissioned ten artists/artist-teams and presented twelve works, including our inaugural piece "Chasing Rainbows/New Haven" by Leo Villareal (2004); "Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven" by Yvette Mattern (2013); "Catalyze + Celebrate: Commissions + Conversations" (2014), an ambitious series of events, including the commission of three murals by the artist Swoon; and, our longest running exhibition to date, Felice Varini’s now iconic "Square with four circles." On view since 2010 in downtown New Haven, this 110 foot tall anamorphic wall mural work is Varini’s only large-scale outdoor public artwork in the United States.

Established in 2004, Site Projects has commissioned more than twenty artists and created fifteen artworks and events to date including our first lecture series and round table discussion. 

Leo Villareal’s LED light sculpture ("Chasing Rainbows/New Haven," 2004) illuminated first the New Haven Green and then the Yale Repertory Plaza for four months, winning Site Projects an Arts Council Annual Award.  Jason Hackenwerth’s giant balloon sculptures ("Revenge of the Megadon," 2006) sparked life into the dinosaurs collection of Yale’s Peabody Museum.  He followed that exhibit with a performance piece ("Megamite") on the New Haven Green.  Matej Vogrincic laid-out gigantic steel Erector Set “boats” ("untitled: it used to be my playground," 2007) in the dry bed of the abandoned, historic Farmington Canal. By popular demand, Felice Varini’s, "Square with four circles" (2010), remains on view in Temple Plaza downtown New Haven. This anamorphic mural is the only place in North America where the iconic work of this important European artist can be seen.  In 2011, Site Projects presented Sites.Camera.Action! Film Shorts Festival, a screening of two-minute videos inspired to the Varini artwork. Anticipating 12–14 submissions, Site Projects was surprised to receive 26 video shorts from professionals and amateurs, high school students, and families. A panel of filmmakers and actors selected the winners.

In 2012, in anticipation of the 375th birthday celebration of the City of New Haven in 2013, Site Projects commissioned Yvette Mattern to exhibit a laser light sculpture from the top of East Rock Park. "Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven" shot over the entire city and I-95. On view for four nights, the light sculpture drew huge crowds into the East Rock and Orange Street areas. Trajectory maps of the light sculpture were put in every school in the public school system.  Including the cars traveling on both highways, the estimates of those who witnessed the spectacular sight range from a quarter of a million to 500,000. 

Since then, we have commissioned and disseminated the digital artwork "Whispering Galleries," are in the midst of developing the remarkable web app "" for locating public art throughout the city, commission three new works by the street artist Swoon, hosted more than a dozen local and international graffiti artists for "Art in the Park," and presented lectures and conversations with artists Frances Whitehead and Mitch Cope.



1. Created New Haven's first interactive, digital public art web app [] that combines the collections of the city, Yale, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State Univerity, Site Projects, and others.
2. Commissioned three public art murals by internationally-recognized artist Swoon. 
3. Produced a weekend-long art fair along with the City Department of Parks to renovate and reactivate a deteriorated skate park [Art in the Park].
4. Presented an event and lecture series with nationally-recognized artists who work to rebuild city neighborhoods suffering from decline and disinvestment. [Catalyze + Celebrate] 
5. Presented a computer-based artwork reinterpreting a 19th century New Haven shopkeeper's journal through erasure poetry; exhibited in every branch of New Haven's public library. [Whispering Galleries]
Goals for the current year: 
1. Create programming throughout the year in the form of short commissions, lectures, and conversations that supports our bi-annual mega-projects, in order to draw together perspectives, inspire and elicit collaboration and investment.
2. Generate a larger ratio of funding through grants from regional and national foundations.
3. Devise a strategic plan for the next 3–5 years.
4. Increase funding for permanent administrative support, including funding a part-time position of Executive Director.
5. Rebrand Site Projects through the creation of a new website and marketing materials, and renewed social media outreach in order to become a leading voice in the conversation on public space, art and community engagement.

Site Projects has accomplished excellent work with our commissions and programs based solely on the dedication of our volunteer board and committed supporters.  However, our aspirations and ambitions have grown with our successes and, as all our board members are working professionals, the part-time staff must be expanded.

1. The board has resolved to raise funds to a level that will allow us to regularize the part-time helpers that work in administration, information technology and marketing: $15–$20,000

2.  Site Projects has developed a new organizational model that depends on hiring a project manager for every project.  These positions must be funded: $20,000

3. Our educational programs have achieved a broad outreach into local public and private schools. Site Projects needs an educational consultant who is familiar with all the requirements for lesson plans promulgated by the CT State Board of Education in order to create more usable plans: $10,000

4. Site Projects intends to expand our public art commissions and programming with a paid part-time Executive Director: $25,000

5. In the coming year, Site Projects will embark on a branding study in order to increase our visibility and continue to build our audience.

CEO Statement
Site Projects is unique among arts organizations in New Haven in that it is focused solely on public art.  Site Projects does not maintain a membership, have full-time employees, nor carry typical overhead expenses.  Our work has been carried out by a small, hard-working and committed board and other volunteers.  Only recently has our staff come to include a few part-time employees. Due to the velocity of our work and commissions, this staff has proved to be an integral part of keeping our organization well-functioning and thriving throughout the year. Only during the production phase of our art commissions does Site Projects hire subcontractors and project managers. 

Our goal of creating equal access to world-class visual art in New Haven always hinges on finding recognized artists whose artworks are of outstanding caliber with nuanced layers of interpretation in order to attract and engage a broad audience.  Practically speaking, the artist and artworks exhibited had to present enough appeal and clarity to inspire funders to participate.

Site Projects was established to function independent of established local arts organizations, institutions and agencies in order to be able to take greater risks with our choices, be nimble in our decision-making, and more responsive in problem solving.  Our organization is proud of our track record in: artists and artworks exhibited; the ripple effects these artworks have had in the community; the dozens of local organizations with whom we've collaborated; the dozens of volunteers who've come forward inspired to help make things happen; our accolades and our awards.

However, as Site Projects has developed our expertise, our ambitions have risen commensurately. Our organization has reached the point where our old way of doing business will not support our new aspirations.  Site Projects must grow in order to continue and this will entail giving up some of the intimacy of our process.

Heretofore, we have been an exciting, young organization with a small working board that has worked more as a team than a traditional board. Most decisions were made by everyone working together around a table. Now, as we mature, we are developing and adopting effective new ways to operate.
Board Chair Statement
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Areas Served
New Haven
State wide
East Haven
Site Projects serves the New Haven metropolitan area and the surrounding region, as well as attracting statewide, regional interest.
Site Projects develops Educational Programming with each new artwork. Our programs are intended to reach a broad audience -- lower, middle and upper school students, college students and young professionals as well as the scholars in our community.  As we plan for the next three years of artworks, we will simultaneously plan for this programming.
In 2013, Site Projects created an Educational Guide (available on our website) as a starting point to develop lessons based on the Night Rainbow.  Working with the Board of Education for the New Haven Public Schools, Site Projects hosted a workshop for teachers representing 12 public schools and the artwork was incorporated into Art, Science, Math, English and Social Studies classrooms. 
Site Projects intends to continue working with educational professionals in both the public and private schools and to partner with other organizations focused on arts education. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Beginning in 2013, Site Projects began to create evaluation forms for each of our exhibitions and events.  A Yale graduate student in sociology has instructed us in the creation of the questionnaires and in how to use the resulting data.
Description In conjunction with each artwork, Site Projects coordinates community events to engage residents in each exhibition.  These activities include public and live-stream lectures, school tours, bike tours, performances, and celebrations.
Population Served / /
We have come to recognize that much information has been lost in our process that has been focused solely on public art exhibitions.  As part of this new approach, we brought 2 artists whose work has been centered around art as a tool to rebuild deteriorated urban neighborhoods.  Site Projects intends to expand on this Conversation with one such event every year.  Following on the Conversation between Mitchell Cope of Detroit and Francis Whitehead of Chicago, Site Projects will bring Rick Lowe of Houston with another artist.  
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families /
Description Site Projects expects to build online programs related to each art commission such that any teacher in CT can open the file and access visual materials: photographs, videos; background information to share the history of the artist's work and the critical materials related to the ideas embodied within the chosen artwork; along with suggested topics for discussion and specific lesson plans.
Population Served / /
Description Site Projects will launch a web-based app at the end of May.  It is an interactive map the pinpoints public art pieces around the City.  This digital exhibition of public art combines the public art collections of the City, Site Projects, Yale, University of New Haven, SCSU and other groups and private outdoor art located to be publicly viewable. This is a curated site that will make this information entertaining and engaging with original photography and essays, interviews with artists, art history interpretation and local history gems.
Population Served Families / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
From Site Projects' first commission of the digital light sculpture in 2004, we recognized that the energy, creativity and management efforts required to realize these exhibitions was far greater than we had ever imagined.  

It was the consensus of the team that the endeavor was not worth the effort unless we could assure a widespread public engagement in the process and artworks.

In order to satisfy this intention, the board decided to collaborate with other organizations so that our artworks could be wrapped into their programs thereby expanding our reach.  It wasn't enough to simply put good artwork into the community; we had to build our audience.  The board determined to do this in a number of ways but first, and foremost, by educational programming for school children, teenagers and for adults in lesson plans, tours, audio essays, hands-on art projects, etc.

It was our second commission of the balloon sculptures in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs that we understood the importance of bringing the artists to New Haven to work where they could be observed and to create situations where interested residents can meet, talk with and perhaps even work with the artists.  Each successive commission has involved having the artists in our City for longer periods of time and of creating more opportunities for residents to establish a personal connection with the artists and their processes.
Our 2010 commission alone attracted over 30 local volunteers.  Crowds of people gathered to watch Varini and his team install the 110 ft tall multiplanar mural in Temple Plaza, downtown New Haven.  In preparation for Felice Varini’s arrival, Site Projects hired three local assistants with the requisite professional skills to work with the artist and his team during the installation.  Furthermore, in collaboration with the Cooperative Arts High School, Site Projects developed a 12-week long after-school program.  A group of high school students had the opportunity to create their own anamorphic mural, meet Varini and observe his process as well as serve as tour guides during the opening event.
When Site Projects creates a public art commission it is a unique aesthetic opportunity for the community.   Though it might seem obvious, the people in our community must realize that the opportunity is there for them.  Then, they can make a deliberate choice to interact with the possibilities in the public realm. 
CEO/Executive Director
Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Term Start May 2013

Laura Weir Clarke co-founded Site Projects Inc in 2004 and has generously donated her time to the organization for nearly a decade. Ms. Clarke is an avid art enthusiast, traveling the world to research potential artworks for New Haven. Her knowledge of cutting-edge artists and her eye for exciting new works is critical to the success of Site Projects' commissions.


Prior to 2004, Ms. Clarke was the Executive Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation for 7 years and the President of the Board of Creative Arts Workshop for 3 years.  She holds a graduate degrees in Architecture from UCLA and American Studies from University of Texas at Austin.

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Associate Executive Director
Experience/Biography Eliza Valk is a landscape architect and a journalist.  She has created an online newsletter on landscape design and public space.  She served as project manager for Catalyze + Celebrate: Commissions + Conversations.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

The City of New Haven: Office of the Mayor, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Trees, City Planning Dept, Dept of Traffic + Parking, Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Town Green Special Services District, New Haven Parking Authority, The Proprietors of the New Haven Green, Economic Development Office, MarketNewHaven, InfoNewHaven; Police Department; CONNDOT;

Board of Education for the New Haven Public Schools;

Arts Council of Greater New Haven; Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; International Festival of Arts and Ideas;

Yale University: Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, Community Based Learning Program, Yale Repertory Theater, Peabody Museum of Natural History; Whitney Humanities Center

New Haven Free Public Library, Donors + Patrons;

Creative Arts Workshop; Eli Whitney Museum; New Haven Museum; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; East Coast Greenways; LEAP;

St. Martin de Porres School; Cooperative High School for the Arts; Foote School; Preschool @ Neighborhood Music School; Choate Rosemary Hall

Boy Scouts of America; Group with No Name; Pecha Kucha/New Haven;

Woodbridge Chapter; Common Ground High School;; Devil's Gear Bike Shop; Friends of East Rock Park; Whitney Center


Arts AwardArts Council of Greater New Haven2004
2nd Place, Top 100 Public Spaces in the US & CanadaPlanetizen & Project for Public Spaces2011
Arts AwardMary E. Ives2010
CEO Comments The Site Projects board is a small group in which everyone is expected to contribute his/her expertise. The group includes: curators, arts organization administrators and directors, architects, graphic designers, artists, builders, photographers, filmmakers, business owners. At this point, the board is in need of a lawyer and a publicity professional.
Board Chair
Mr. William Hil Barnett
Company Affiliation attorney
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
Board of Directors
Mr. Gilles Carter Documentary Filmmaker
Mr Kieran Coleman software engineer
Mr. Gabriel DaSilva DaSilva Gallery
Ms Debbie Hesse Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Mr. Todd Jokl University of New Haven
Ms Maria Cruz Kayne MCK + Co Imports
Mr. Bill MacMullen City of New Haven, Architect
Ms. Lizbeth O'Connor
Mr. David Sepulveda New Haven Independent
Mr. Aaron Sherrill Digital Surgeons
Ms Pat Shoemaker Shoemaker Designs
Ms. Beka Sturges Reed Hildebrand Landscape Architects
Mrs. Laura Weir Clarke Site Projects
Mr. Mark Zurolo Yale Alumni Magazine and UCONN
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Board Co-Chair
Ms Maria Cruz Kayne
Company Affiliation Business person
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Jane Coppock Community Volunteer
CEO Comments
Site Projects is transitioning from its founding organizational structure into a more efficient model with a professionalized board built around individuals with expertise and broad networks and the ability to support the organization.  The new board meets five times a year and its primary responsibilities are: the Executive Committee, Nominating, Finance, Fundraising, and Long Range Planning. The Executive Committee serves as the liaison between the staff and the board taking the recommendations of the staff to the Board with their own recommendations. The staff takes care of administration and serves as the liaison with the project managers who run each project as well as each special event.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $133,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS designation
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$91,419$7,518$19,646
Administration Expense--$3,039$1,731
Fundraising Expense--$146$749
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.823.272.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%70%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%2%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$29,037$55,026$30,704
Current Assets$29,037$55,026$30,704
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$29,037$55,026$30,704
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
CEO Comments Site Projects is an organization that is completely project driven.  We
raise and expend money only when we have a current project, about every 2 to 3 years.  Our project costs have varied between $15,000 and $180,000.
We do not have a physical space or staff, so all costs are direct.  The
projects provide installations for the community's edification and
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 33 Whitney Avenue
3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 3127864
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms Laura Weir Clarke
Board Chair Mr. William Hil Barnett
Board Chair Company Affiliation attorney


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